Injury, Surgery, Injections, Breakdown, Death – All Before the Age of 2 1/2

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has confirmed that Endowment, a “went wrong, vanned off” in the 4th at Ellis August 8, is indeed dead – “slab fracture,” right foreleg. In the death report, it was noted that the then 1-year-old – yes, 1-year-old -filly was injured while training in February – an injury that required surgery “to remove chips from her right carpus.” Yes, that’s the same leg that eventually broke. In addition, the Commission said this: “The trainer’s veterinarian provided veterinary records for the previous 60 days. The filly had had both carpi injected with hyaluronic acid and a corticosteroid.” So, that’s injury, surgery, injections, breakdown, death – and all before the age of 2 1/2. That poor, poor girl. This terrible, terrible industry.

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  1. All registered Thoroughbreds have their birthday on January 1. So, a horse can be raced as a two year old, barely. Racing needs to end. It is simply too destructive.

  2. ENDOWMENT an innocent 2 year old filly had her body damaged when just 1 year of age (a baby) then endures an attempt to patch her up, grossly interferred with by injecting both her carpals in an abusive and unconscionable attempt to keep her knees functioning for racing (both forelegs take much more stress than the hinds when galloping at high speed) and then

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE
    she breaks down and dies
    (which the racing officials describe as “went wrong, vanned off”)

    The Doctors of Death at play here are –
    the vets

    And of course the vets are instructed and paid by the owners to do such ‘work’ on their piece of property.

    The trainer is aware of all that’s going on with ENDOWMENT – he continues to nominate her to race.

    The raceday on duty vets pass her fit to race when they knew, or should have known, her suspect knees.

    They ALL knew that she was at extreme high risk and they ALL watched her precariously jump out of the gates to her sickeningly cruel death.

    I hate to think of the unspeakable pain, fear and trauma she suffered.

    • They all should know, without having a college degree of any kind, that any filly or colt is not fully developed until six years old. The criminal insanity of using and abusing young colts and fillies is built into the horse racing industry.

  3. This atrocity is an example of vile people completely lacking common sense and violating all the rules of true horsemanship.

  4. ENDOWMENT – this filly experienced abuse, cruelty, inhumane treatment and brutality under this grotesque, utterly unacceptable killing business.
    In this case, they did disclose the private vet treatment records, which is solid evidence that ongoing doping treatments on tracks occur for the sole purpose of masking serious issues, to keep them going, filling races and flipping a buck.
    This is precisely why this business has fought hard to keep these records secret and non-transparency to the public is one of their foundations as is killing racehorses.
    The sad truth is that scenarios like ENDOWMENT is a common occurence that happens on a daily basis on tracks and training centers all over America and in any country that has horse racing.
    This business has lost their privedge to get financing from taxpayers/casino profits and should be denied licenses to operate.
    It’s long overdue to get rid of this killing show and it can’t come soon enough for the racehorses.

  5. Gelding Ghostly Who, won race at Keeneland today, BUT, I saw a lot of blood coming out of his mouth after the race. It was easy to see because he is gray.

      • Yes, Wanda. It sort of shocked me, I thought it would mainly come out of their nose. It was so apparent like I said because he was so light in color (or lack of),the blood looked so vivid. His pulmonary system must have really stressed. I believe his trainer was Robertino Diodoro….who I’m not fond of AT ALL.

  6. Bonnie – I saw the video of the race. I think he either bit his tongue or his tongue tie cut his mouth. Sometimes they also bash their noses and mouths on the starting gate. The horses that I have been around that bled due to pulmonary hemorrhage after a race bled out of their nostrils, though some would occasionally cough out some bloody sputum.
    They tried to clean out Ghostly Who’s mouth after the race but I noticed in the winners circle he was still drooling a little blood. I also noticed a vet did not come look at the horse after the winners circle, or even before he was lead to the test barn.
    I’m also surprised that Keenelands camera guy zoomed in on the horse multiple times, especially while it was so obvious he was bleeding. Good catch to notice that, Bonnie

    • Peggy. The way their tongues hang out when the mouth strap is in place…no wonder they bite their tongue. I did not see this race,but shocking the camera focused on an issue with the horse. Normally they blank it out or move to the next race.

    • Thank you Peggy! I turned the channel immediately upon seeing vivid blood. I’m the most squeamish person EVER! I’ve been known to pass out or lose my “cookies” after a blood test! I kid you NOT.

  7. Mostly all of these comments are understandable ( The Emotional Outrage ) and they should be. I understand this site doesn’t want to lose voices ,but can we come up with some ideas that will move this cause forward?

    • I think this cause has moved forward to some degree. I can’t say how much. I don’t know how a whole subculture can be changed quickly. Thoroughbred horse racing was happening in this country since the 1700s as far as I know. As you know, the three major races for three-year-old Thoroughbreds were established well over 100 years ago. The information technology has advanced tremendously since the early 1970s. If not for these advancements in information sharing, most of the population in any country would be clueless as to just how many horses are being killed because of the horseracing industry, how they operate, how they make efforts to hide information about horses being injured and killed by racing and training and the various other ways horses are killed.

  8. Endowment’s sad, short life is a classic for how reckless racing is with the lives of horses and how complicit the veterinary community is. Once the injury to the right carpus occurred she was at extremely high risk for further injury. Obviously, her immature skeletal system was unable to withstand the rigors of training and racing. She may have had confirmation issues but mainly she was too young.
    Her connections choose to gamble with her life at terrible odds. They killed her.

    • Also, Endowment was “well bred” and the manager at Claiborne was one of the breeders. She was consigned by Claiborne as a yearling and since she sold for just $4,500 I would suspect conformation issues…
      She was doomed.

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